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Pakistan: Gunmen kill 13 passengers in Pakistan’s Balochistan

6th Aug 2013

ISLAMABAD, (Xinhua): Unidentified terrorists shot dead 13 passengers in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province in an apparent ethnic-motivated attack early Tuesday, police said.

The passengers were heading to eastern Punjab province from Balochistan for “Eid” festival when gunmen stopped two buses and kidnapped some passengers.

The miscreants later shot them dead and threw their bodies in mountains in Bolan district of Balochistan.

All those killed were residents of Punjab province and that their ethnic background could be the cause of the incident.

Insurgents fighting Pakistani forces routinely target non- settlers in Balochistan, officials say.

Police said that the gunmen stopped two passenger coaches heading to Rajanpur in Punjab near the town of Mach late Monday.

They took away nearly two dozen passengers and killed them after checking their identity cards to make sure they were not locals.

Security official said the bodies of the kidnapped were later recovered from nearby mountains.

No group claimed responsibility.

Insurgents have killed non-locals in target attacks in the past.

Balochistan has been under the grip of sectarian violence as banned sectarian groups target Shiite Muslims time to time.

Critics say the law enforcement agencies have failed so far to break the network of banned militant groups.

Editor: An

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